The Dynamic Duo: You and the Ertiga Hybrid
Different strokes, different folks.
When it comes to selecting a vehicle, that is so true. Prospective owners have different requirements, and the goal for carmakers is to build the perfect match for everyone's needs.
Dante Ortega, the manager of WeLegendary Skate Shop in Quezon City, wants a multi-purpose vehicle that has space for his family but can also double up as a versatile and efficient workhorse for his business. Since his work is all about shoes, skateboards, and apparel, he also needs a vehicle that appeals to his lifestyle.
Dante needs a practical MPV that can work just as hard as him. That's where the new 2023 Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid comes in.
Space for your family, or your team
Dante is rarely solo on his trips, He is always with his family or taking his skate team to events and competitions around town and even in the provinces. With 7 seats available inside the Ertiga Hybrid, Dante has the space his family and his business needs.
The Ertiga Hybrid fits two people in front, three in the middle row, and two more in the third row. Everyone will enjoy having a comfortable seating position, as all the seats can be reclined for relaxation. Passengers also get adjustable headrests which are great for long drives.
The second-row folds and tumbles, making ingress and egress easier for passengers that drew the short straw to sit in the third row. For larger individuals that need more legroom at the back, the second-row seats can slide forward to provide additional space.
Everyone inside can enjoy the dual A/C system on hot summer days. To ensure the air you breathe is free from pollutants, Suzuki fitted all Ertiga Hybrid variants with a built-in pollen filter.
For in-car entertainment, there's a 10-inch touchscreen unit where you can play your Spotify tunes via Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Passengers can stay connected and keep devices powered thanks to a USB charging port and 12V power outlets for phones.
The Ertiga Hybrid also has all kinds of compartments for your stuff. From the door pockets, cupholders, and the concealed bin behind the third row, there's a lot of space to store small items.
With all seven seats occupied, there's 153 liters of cargo space to fit things up to 16 inches long and 38 inches wide. The Ertiga Hybrid gives Dante, his family, and his team plenty of room to carry skateboards, travel bags and all other stuff for the next getaway.
Versatility for business
Dante's business involves picking up and hauling hundreds of shoe boxes, shirts, and even skateboard decks, especially whenever there's a skate event or a big release for an exclusive pair of shoes. That's the beauty of the Ertiga Hybrid. It's great as a people carrier, and likewise, it's a versatile vehicle for carrying a lot of stuff.
With the third-row seats fully folded flat, it opens up 550 liters of cargo space for objects up to 43 inches long and 40 inches wide. You can also fold the second-row seats, to get an additional 253 liters of space and increase cargo length to 68 inches.
But wait, there's more: while the Ertiga Hybrid's seats do fold flat, these can also be configured in many different ways, depending on what needs to be carried. Aside from the tumble function, the second-row seats fold in a 60:40 split, while the third-row seats fold in 50:50 style.
This flexible seating configuration allows Dante to stack plenty of shoe boxes, and even fit a longboard at one side while having an occupant sit comfortably on the other. The Ertiga Hybrid is that versatile, which works well in favor of Dante's needs, and yours too.
Efficiency for everyday
Any vehicle that's always loaded with things or carrying a lot of people on board is guaranteed to consume more fuel than a car that's being driven solo, as it takes a lot more effort for the engine to move from a standstill and get up to speed. In the case of the Ertiga Hybrid, Suzuki built the MPV to make it more efficient in those aspects.
For starters, the Ertiga Hybrid's body frame is built on the proven Heartect platform. Using strong ultra-high tensile steel assures Dante of its safety, while the lightweight construction gives the MPV good fuel efficiency, plus better ride quality and handling.
The Ertiga Hybrid is also now an SHVS, or a Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki. Under the hood is the K15B that makes 105 PS and 138 Nm of torque, which is now assisted by an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) that charges a 12-volt lithium-ion hybrid battery. What the ISG basically does is give the engine a power boost when accelerating from a standstill, which reduces the engine load and keeps the RPMs low.
The EASS or the Engine Auto Start-Stop System enables the Ertiga Hybrid to shut down its engine when you come to a full stop. Instead of wasting fuel during idling, the EASS means you're not burning any fuel at all. When it's time to get going again, the ISG restarts the engine and you can go.
These nifty features make the Ertiga Hybrid more efficient in the high fuel consumption aspects of driving: idling and accelerating. When Suzuki conducted a city fuel economy test, the Ertiga Hybrid achieved 12.54 kilometers per liter - a 7.6% improvement over the non-hybrid Ertiga.
Practicality for you
Whether for business or personal needs, there has to be a balance between getting what you want and the amount of money you have to spend. Practical is the word for it. And for people who are looking for a multi-purpose vehicle like Dante, it's easy to do that with the Ertiga Hybrid.
Starting at just PHP 954,000 for the GA MT, PHP 1,068,000 for the GL MT, PHP 1,103,000 for the GL AT, and PHP 1,153,000 for the range-topping GLX AT, the Ertiga Hybrid is the most affordable electrified vehicle and is the only hybrid in the 7-seater MPV segment.
Whichever variant you get is guaranteed to give you the space, versatility, efficiency, and practicality you need, 7 days a week. You read that right. It's a 7-seater MPV you can drive every day, as the current EVIDA law exempts the Ertiga Hybrid from number coding.
Want a 7-seater MPV that's fit for your family, business, and lifestyle? That's the Ertiga Hybrid for you.
To find out more about the 2023 Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid, log on to https://auto.suzuki.com.ph or visit your nearest Suzuki dealership.